You Tweet What You Eat

3 May

SocialTimes has an article today (Sorry, You Ate 500 Calories Over Your Limit Today — Foodzy Turns Dieting Into A Game) about Foodzy, a new social media-based app that allows users to track their food consumption and share their successes in their diets with their social network.  According to SocialTimes, “Foodzy rewards you for making healthy choices or fun eating habits with badges.”  I guess this is better than the shaming suggested at the Slate event, but I still don’t think that I want updates about everything I eat going to all of my Facebook friends.  Unfortunately, you can’t sign up for Foodzy yet, so you’re all going to have to wait a while for status updates like “Maggie ate oatmeal with Craisins and way too much brown sugar and half-n-half.”  (Really, everything is better with half-n-half.)

Speaking of things related to weightloss and shame…  (Okay, I know it didn’t talk specifically about weight loss, but I’m guessing you don’t earn badges for participating in a hot dog eating contest or eating a KFC Double Down, a food that makes me strangely appalled/fascinated.)  In their ongoing coverage of things related to “weighty issues”, Jezebel has an article called “Childhood Obesity Ads Rely On Fat-Shaming” which covers an anti-childhood obesity campaign in the south which features blown up pictures of overweight kids and sayings like “Big bones didn’t make me this way. Big meals did.”  Jezebel’s Dodai Stewart says:

When it comes right down to it, the inherent negativity in the ads is troubling. The ads do not offer inspiration, guidance or helpful suggestions. And, even worse: They essentially tell kids who may see themselves in the child actors: There’s something wrong with you. Life is a test, and you’re failing. If people treat you badly, you deserve it. Is that anyway to speak to a child?

No real conclusion from me today, other than to say that I’m guessing apps and other programs like Foodzy won’t help overweight kids (and adults) to feel any better about themselves.  They might really end up opening people up to more stigma and ridicule.  (“OMG, did you see what Susie ate today?  No wonder she’s so fat!)  But, maybe if people all of sizes participated in sometime like Foodzy truly honestly (You’d see things like “Maggie had beer and sweet potato fries for dinner” a little more often than I’d care to admit.), we’d all be able to get a more realistic, less emotional perspective on what’s normal eating.


MaggieCakes is a blog about culture, social media, and what’s new in the world of Internet culture. Every day (okay, I try for every day) I comb blogs and news outlets for the news about Internet culture and social media to bring them to you (with my commentary, of course) here on MaggieCakes. MaggieCakes is hosted by WordPress and often draws upon Slate, Jezebel, The Hair Pin, and SocialTimes for links and inspiration. My post Social Media and the Art of Storytelling was featured on Freshly Pressed, bringing a whole new readership to my blog. Find anything interesting in the worlds of culture or social media that you’d like to see a post on? Leave a comment or send me an e-mail at 2maggieotoole@gmail.com.

One Response to “You Tweet What You Eat”

  1. itsybitsybrianna May 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    great post
    please stop by and say hi
    xoxo
    bB
    http://www.itsybitsybrianna.wordpress.com

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